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Orkine

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Do youlet a fresh graft on a big topworked tree hold fruit
« on: January 11, 2019, 05:43:51 PM »
I have a tree I am topworking in thirds.  The tree itself is a well established Tommy that I purchased from the Home Depot (I believe) years ago when I first started planting mangos.

I grafted on the third I took of this year.  These are recent grafts within the past couple of months.

One of the grafts pushed a month or so ago and I thought was about to flush for a second time.  Surprise, it looks like it is flowering.

My question is, should I let let it hold fruit?

I have not seen this happen to any of my other grafts, they flush a few times before they finally start flowering
Were this on a seedling I know I will remove the flower or let it set fruit and then cut off the panicle. 
On a big tree, do I have to do the same or can I let it hold fruit?

I have seen posts from California where first year grafts flowering is not unusual, can Simon or someone familiar with this situation please share experiences?

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Re: Do youlet a fresh graft on a big topworked tree hold fruit
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2019, 06:19:03 PM »


I think you should not let it fruit. I let a Honey Kiss graft hold fruit within months of it being grafted. I got the mango but lost the graft. It died shortly after I harvested the mango.

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Re: Do youlet a fresh graft on a big topworked tree hold fruit
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2019, 12:09:09 PM »
I would think that the weight of the fruit might snap the branch at the graft if it isn't very stout.  Besides, you will get a whole lot more growth out of the graft this spring equaling more fruit when it is ready.

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Re: Do youlet a fresh graft on a big topworked tree hold fruit
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2019, 02:12:57 PM »
I wouldn’t let it hold fruit. I know Mangos grow much faster in Florida but as other members have suggested, the added weight of the fruit can compromise the graft union if it is not thick enough.

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Re: Do youlet a fresh graft on a big topworked tree hold fruit
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2019, 04:43:39 PM »
Certainly not stout enough to hold a large fruit, it would need to be braced.
But I agree, it makes more sense to let the plant grow and be better ready to fruit next year.
So off comes the flower. 

Off went the floer, I snipped it.
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Re: Do youlet a fresh graft on a big topworked tree hold fruit
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2019, 06:48:00 PM »
Certainly not stout enough to hold a large fruit, it would need to be braced.
But I agree, it makes more sense to let the plant grow and be better ready to fruit next year.
So off comes the flower. 

Off went the floer, I snipped it.



It might flower again. If it does, let the fruit grow just a little bit and then take it off.

 

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